Historical Political Events for March 18

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Year Event
1766 The British Parliament repealed the Stamp Act that was so hated by the American colonists, but the news did not reach the colonies for nearly two months. Then they pass the Declaratory Act which proclaimed the right of Britain to control the colonies.
1831 The Supreme Court rules, in Cherokee Nation v. Georgia, that an Indian tribe may not sue in federal courts since the tribes are not foreign nations. [The Indians learn about "Catch 22"!]
1938 Mexico nationalizes her petroleum industry. The Mexican government seized the properties of the U.S. and British oil companies, valued at $450 million.
1938 Nazi Weapons Law passed. The new, tougher, gun control law, revising several earlier versions, ensured that only Nazis and their friends could own or carry weapons, especially handguns. Enforcement of the law was greatly facilitated by the requirement for a National ID card.
1963 U.S. Supreme Court in Gideon v. Wainwright, rules that indigent defendants must be offered free legal counsel in all criminal prosecutions.
1970 The first mass work stoppage in the 195-year history of the Post Office Department began with a walkout of letter carriers in Brooklyn and Manhattan, soon involving 210,000 of the nation's 750,000 postal employees. President Nixon (R) declared a state of national emergency and assigned military units to New York City post offices. The stand-off ended two weeks later.
1996 In Hopwood v. University of Texas Law School, the 5th U.S. Court of Appeals suspended the university's affirmative action admissions program and ruled that the 1978 Bakke decision was invalid. The U.S. Supreme Court allowed the ruling to stand and in 1997, the Texas Attorney General announced that all "Texas public universities [should] employ race-neutral criteria."
2010 Today's Example of a Most Interesting Government Purchase: Global Strategies Group North America Inc., a Frederick -based company, recently received an $18.7 million contract for 103 containerized kitchens for the U.S. Army. [Why did we not think of this in the Korean War? A cup of hot soup would have been mighty nice to our soldiers freezing to death in the sub-zero weather on the beaches of North Korea.]
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Quote of
the Day
In the 1990s the federal government created 2.8 trillion of new debt; more than created in the nation's entire history prior to 1990. In the 4 years, 1997-2001, total federal debt increased $438 billion,
    — Michael Hodges, "Grandfather Economic Report series"
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